| Dec 4, 2013
| 11:43 AM
The Chicago Commercial Collective, a small for-profit theater producer based in Chicago, has announced plans to market a tour of off-Loop shows around the Midwest, aiming its wares at colleges and universities.
The productions on the initial roster,...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 1:55 PM
On Dec. 30, 1903, Chicago's Iroquois Theatre, located on Randolph Street between State and Dearborn streets, was destroyed by fire, killing some 600 people, many of them young children seated in a balcony filled with Chicagoans who had come into the...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 3:45 PM
From around a table in the Loop offices of Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, the reviews were mixed.
How true to women's prison life is the new Netflix series, "Orange Is the New Black?"
Daily prison life looks pretty realistic,...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Tuesday night's Magnificent Mile opening — or rather re-heating — of the TimeLine Theatre Company's production of "To Master the Art" was, for a number of reasons, quite the celebratory brioche. Here was a cooked-in-Chicago play about the...
| Aug 25, 2013
Contrary to what the guidebooks say, there is more than one Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.
The one at State and Kinzie streets has Garfield Goose, Oprah's door and a camera from the first Kennedy-Nixon debate. But a few blocks away on...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 2:41 PM
You don't likely know the playwriting duo of Chance Bone and Andrew Burden Swanson — they're mostly a pair of young Chicago actors. But there's enough to "The Casuals," a very intriguing, impressively unpredictable, heartfelt and promisingly complex...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 7:10 AM
Ten years ago, Chicago lost one of its most prolific, inventive, genre-defying creative spirits.
In the 1960s alone, William Russo created the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and conducted the London Jazz Orchestra; joined Paul Sills and Rev. James Shiflett in...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 6:49 AM
In 1955, a 27-year-old singer appeared at the Chicago Theatre. Although she was becoming known for her singing on a TV show from New York, known informally as "Tonight," the pretty vocalist was by no means top of this Loop variety bill. She came in...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:15 PM
"Didn't he play a serial killer?" an editor asked when I brought up Gary Cole's name not long ago. Not a serial killer, but the 1984 TV miniseries "Fatal Vision" was Cole's first major role. Playing Jeffrey MacDonald, the real-life Army doctor who was...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 11:05 AM
For Chicago jazz lovers, the best part of summer starts Thursday.
That's when the ninth annual Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series launches at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. For six consecutive Thursday evenings, some of Chicago's most...
| May 24, 2013
| 12:25 PM
August Wilson used the different decades of African-American experience to organize his life's work. The very juicy playwright Leslye Headland is expeditiously working her way through the Seven Deadly Sins.
Hollywood already has found Headland's take on...